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Hair today, gone tomorrow? *groan*

OK - it’s hammer time decision time! It has now been one year and nine months sine my hair received a proper cut. It feels neglected, and I’ve been fine with that, but I figure now is the time for impartial constructive feedback. Do I get it cut, or do I keep it long? If I get it cut, what ought it look like? For your consideration:

Me, with short hair, back in the day:

A montage of three photographs from a few years ago illustrating my short hair

Me, with long hair, now(ish):

A montage of three photographs illustrating my current long hair

Be honest people!


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  1. Skampie posted 36min, 22sec after the entry and said:

    go back to the Aug 2003, that was HAWT!!!

  2. Goatboy posted 52min, 2sec after the entry and said:

    I agree with Skamp.

  3. The Scream Extractor! posted 53min, 25sec after the entry and said:

    In the 2005 shots you look like a P.O.W. dude! I agree with Skampie - but not the HAWT bit . Really long hair can look like a kind of protest sometimes. It suggests to me that you are living at home and your Mum hates your hair and “that’s a good enough reason to keep it” kind of thing.

    Join the ‘New-look 4 Matt’ campaign everyone!

    P.S. Stop deleting my messages.

  4. Matt Wilcox posted 55min, 26sec after the entry and said:

    Cheers people smiley icon: smile Keep them coming smiley icon: laugh

    I won’t delete that one Tim, as that one is actually a reasnable post which doesn’t mention Peter Stringfellow or lesbians. smiley icon: laugh

  5. The Scream Extractor! posted 56min, 43sec after the entry and said:


  6. Laura posted 1hrs, 6min, 57sec after the entry and said:

    *just laughs* so are we going to have a poll and whatever wins you’ll do it?

    I am somewhat biased, having always desired long hair as a little girl, just like my barbies. This was because mother took me to the hairdressers every 2 months or so and made me get a bob.

    Is your hair unattractive at the moment? No. If you want a change, then go with what you think is right. I must admit I do like the Aug 03 look, but hey, why am I here? Just remember, you’ll lose the game if you cut your hair smiley icon: joke And I’ll have to grow mine back to waist length + by myself smiley icon: sad


  7. cableclair posted 2hrs, 15min, 49sec after the entry and said:

    august 2003! August 2003! It is a kazillion times better than your long hair now. It’s PERFECT. Do iiiiiiit!

  8. !Rocky posted 2hrs, 57min, 59sec after the entry and said:

    Shave the sides of your head and get a pink mohawk.

  9. heirloom posted 3hrs, 1min, 50sec after the entry and said:

    yeap. aug 2003 is the best one.. stick to it… idf you want long hair you have maintain it and do something with it.

  10. James Dodd posted 4hrs, 44min, 35sec after the entry and said:

    Have to go for Oct 2002, by far the most suited to you tbh.

  11. Michael posted 5hrs, 41min, 22sec after the entry and said:

    I’d say the same as Daniel, and that is a mix of the Aug 2003, and let that grow out a little bit.

  12. MWF posted 6hrs, 22min, 6sec after the entry and said:

    I don’t think you have looked more like yourself until now Jimi. Those old Jimi’s, they aren’t the real Jimi at all.

    I’m going against the trend here and saying the new hair should stay. The new hair was the start of a new cooler, more confident, more in your face Jimi.

  13. Laura posted 6hrs, 46min, 37sec after the entry and said:

    I agree! I LIKE your hair as it is smiley icon: smile and I think it looks good. Don’t know about being more confident etc. I haven’t known you for that long, but I prefer it the way it is to the other pics to be perfectly honest (closely followed by Aug 03)



  14. pogweasel posted 7hrs, 45min, 27sec after the entry and said:

    I was gonna say cut it. But then I saw the “before” shots. Frightening.
    Maybe just a trim then.

  15. teresa posted 9hrs, 21min, 1sec after the entry and said:

    august 2003 all the way mattie!

  16. passengereleven posted 10hrs, 21min, 43sec after the entry and said:

    I have to go with the August 2003, too.

  17. Joey posted 12hrs, 39min, 58sec after the entry and said:

    I say keep it long, maybe just a trim.

  18. Kim posted 12hrs, 44min, 59sec after the entry and said:

    Amazing. The earliest two photos don’t even look like the same person. I think the Aug. 2003 is just a gorgeous photo full stop and that’s why everyone’s going for it. The longer hair softens your features and gives you an elfin look that I find extremely appealing. It could be the lighting, but your hair also appears to have lightened as it’s grown, and the lighter colour makes your eyes look brighter. I say keep it long - or, if you must cut it, just give it a nice trim or go for a shag cut a la Beck. Something with soft edges. But definitely don’t go any shorter than the Aug. 2003.

  19. Luggage posted 13hrs, 27min, 45sec after the entry and said:

    I’d say early 2004 or summer 2003

  20. Luggage posted 13hrs, 28min, 31sec after the entry and said:

    …ooooor get dreads smiley icon: wink

  21. lily posted 21hrs, 6min, 28sec after the entry and said:

    august 2003 for sure.
    hi also smiley icon: smile

  22. Matt Wilcox posted 22hrs, 45min, 48sec after the entry and said:

    Thanks for all your opinions! This topic has got a fair response over at one of the forums I read too and I shall collate figures tonight, out of interest.

    I’ve not made a decision yet, as if I get it cut short it would take another year and a half to get back to where I am now - so I’m being slow and considered. Once again, thanks for all your opinions! smiley icon: smile

  23. Leigh posted 1 days, 2hrs, 3mins after the entry and said:

    Well Matt. You should really go with what you are happy with. But being as you have asked, I will air my opinion. I think long suits you. But there are significant maintenance issues, and always the worry you may get your bottom pinched. The 2002 and 2003 options look like stronger contenders to me. If I were your personal stylist, I would go with somewhere slicghtly shorter than the 2003, look but no longer. Or of course you could go with a Phil Oakey if the vote is evenly split.

  24. Ben posted 4 days, 5hrs, 1mins after the entry and said:

    Keep growin it jimy !! until u wake up one mornin and trip over your hair,lol. Dye it green tho, that would be well cool. Use your coding genious to make a poll (like on forums) so we can have a posh graph to illustrate the peoples opinion

  25. Matt Wilcox posted 4 days, 5hrs, 50mins after the entry and said:

    results: short hair 71 percent, long hair 26 percent, mohawk 3 percent

    These are results inclucive of feedback I got from one of the forums I frequent. Oddly, most people who I’ve met in real life say keep it long, the majority of those that haven’t say get it cut.
    I’ve not made a decision yet, but thanks everyone for your help. smiley icon: smile

  26. Joey posted 4 days, 9hrs, 41mins after the entry and said:

    I can kinda understand the difference between people who’ve met you and those who haven’t.

    If I was voting on a forum about someone I didn’t know I would be likely to always tell them to have it short - I don’t know why, I guess just think not many men look good with long hair.

    But long hair suits you, initially I couldn’t believe you were growing it, but now - it just looks right.

  27. Ben posted 6 days, 12hrs, 22mins after the entry and said:

    Nice pie chart man !

  28. Adam P posted 6 days, 22hrs, 42mins after the entry and said:

    i say keep it lon trim and stylise it, go to one of them expensive tony and guy type places (over a year and a half u saved on cuts so u could balance it out like that)

  29. bootygirl posted 7 days, 4hrs, 17mins after the entry and said:

    To be fair Jimi those photos of your long hair are crap. Your hair looks dead, dry and in need of a wash. How about you put some decent photos up and watch the opinions change?

  30. Matt Wilcox posted 7 days, 10hrs, 4mins after the entry and said:

    ROFL - Kath, those are the long-hair photo’s that have had the best response. Incidentally in ALL of those photo’s my hair had been washed mere hours before.

  31. bootygirl posted 8 days, 3hrs, 30mins after the entry and said:

    Then maybe you should have combed it!

  32. Laura Lovely posted 10 days, 4hrs, 15mins after the entry and said:

    I can see both sides of this *smiles* in the way that your hair can look better, but it still looks okay. Combs are nasty, I prefer a brush smiley icon: joke


  33. Hainsey posted 25 days, 11hrs, 41mins after the entry and said:

    Dude I have the scissors waiting, let Mr Haines chop your mop… Actually second thoughts you wanted good hair right?! Best stay away drom me then! Seroiusly though Aug 03 hair defo the best… very emo (see funeral for a friend, the used, etc type bands) and emo is very in at the moment. not that you should need to conform of course. Just bloody cut it, Ill be so proud. Hainsey

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